Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for Ballot


A group called Arkansans for Compassionate Care has won approval for the title of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel approved the "Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act" as an appropriate title on the November 2012 ballot. If the act makes the 2012 ballot, it just needs a simple majority to become law.

The measure would allow sick and dying patients legal access to medical marijuana with a doctor's prescription.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care is working towards the legalization of medical marijuana. They are not working towards decriminalizing the drug for everyone.

"We're talking about a physician who would be recommending medical marijuana for someone with cancer or AIDS. So you know, this is a serious issue. A doctor's credibility is on the line, if he gives it to somebody who doesn't need it. So this is only for sick and dying patients," said Arkansans for Compassionate Care Campaign Director Ryan Denham.

The petition needs 60,000 signatures by July 2012 to make the November ballot.